List of Drug Intervention Services in the District of Columbia
Below is a list of the different drug intervention services in DC. Each listing provides information on the types of services provided and the payment options available. You can also find accreditations and certifications to help you determine if the interventionist is trusted and has the expertise you are looking for. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219.
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Generally, the intervention consists of speaking with the person abusing substances and obtaining their willingness to attempt treatment. Interventionists may use various techniques to achieve communication since most people who require intervention aren’t willing to participate in a discussion about treatment. Unfortunately, this can sometimes mean forcing the issue by giving ultimatums or removing enabling behaviors that have allowed the person to continue abusing substances.
Generally speaking, no, there aren’t any substance use treatment programs where patients are held against their will. While certain states provide a legal avenue for mandating someone into treatment, even when a person is court-ordered to complete treatment, they can choose not to attend and instead serve jail time or face other penalties.
Yes, even if the person agrees to treatment grudgingly or feels they’re being forced, they are still taking a step in the right direction. Many recovered persons began their journey feeling this way, but their viewpoint can change as their minds clear. They may realize they want recovery for themselves and gain sobriety thanks to intervention.
Intervention should be considered as a last resort. Using coercion or ultimatums to gain willingness is not ideal, but it’s better than death. Ideally, every person abusing substances would willingly go to treatment and get their life back. But addiction is powerful, and it isn’t uncommon for the person to want to keep using even if they want a better life deep down. If you’ve tried getting through to them and they keep using and refusing to get help, it’s probably time to contact a professional interventionist.